Words are just so fascinating to me....they way we use them, and the way we misuse them... lots of humor wraps around the confusion of words!
Today is B day and my B word is:BEAUTY
this word has been in use for nearly 800 years!
beau⋅ty Spelled Pronunciation [byoo-tee]
–noun, plural -ties. 1. the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest). 2. a beautiful person, esp. a woman. 3. a beautiful thing, as a work of art or a building. 4. Often, beauties. something that is beautiful in nature or in some natural or artificial environment. 5. an individually pleasing or beautiful quality; grace; charm: a vivid blue area that is the one real beauty of the painting. 6. Informal. a particular advantage: One of the beauties of this medicine is the freedom from aftereffects. 7. (usually used ironically) something extraordinary: My sunburn was a real beauty. 8. something excellent of its kind: My old car was a beauty.
Origin: 1225–75; ME be(a)ute < OF beaute; r. ME bealte < OF beltet < VL *bellitāt- (s. of *bellitās), equiv. to L bell(us) fine + -itāt- -ity
Because I am a word chiseler, I have the deepest respect for how understanding the full and complete meaning of a word can impact our lives and our hearts...
Today we are looking a words beginning with C
The word I have chosen is CONGRUENCE
This word has been in use for more that 500 years.
I have come to understand in my own life that congruency is the one key element to my success in anything I attempt. To me, congruency means that my conscious mind, and my subconscious mind are in agreement about what it is that I want most.
Without congruency within, success is impossible. When I look at my results, they are 100% indicative of my level of congruence
This could be a very long article, a book, are a whole days workshop. In the interest of time and space, I will say that being congruent feels wonderful, and is worth every second of the time, and every drop of energy that we put into arriving at the state of congruency.
Because I am a word chiseler, I find it fascinating to examine everyday words that have a wide variety of uses.
Today, the "D" word I have chosen is "Distance"
As I read through the definitions listed below, I am interested to find "Absence of warmth" and "an amount of progress" among the definitions for a word I have always considered to be a measurement and thereby tangible...
This word has been in use for 700 years - a long time!
dis⋅tance Spelled Pronunciation [dis-tuhns]
noun, verb, -tanced, -tanc⋅ing.
–noun 1. the extent or amount of space between two things, points, lines, etc. 2. the state or fact of being apart in space, as of one thing from another; remoteness. 3. a linear extent of space: Seven miles is a distance too great to walk in an hour. 4. an expanse; area: A vast distance of water surrounded the ship. 5. the interval between two points of time; an extent of time: His vacation period was a good distance away. 6. remoteness or difference in any respect: Our philosophies are a long distance apart. 7. an amount of progress: We've come a long distance on the project. 8. a distant point, place, or region. 9. the distant part of a field of view: a tree in the distance. 10. absence of warmth; reserve: Their first meeting in several years was hampered by a certain distance between them. 11. Music. interval (def. 6). 12. aesthetic distance. 13. Horse Racing. (in a heat race) the space measured back from the winning post that a horse must reach by the time the winner passes the winning post or be eliminated from subsequent heats. 14. Mathematics. the greatest lower bound of differences between points, one from each of two given sets. 15. Obsolete. disagreement or dissension; a quarrel. –verb (used with object) 16. to leave behind at a distance, as at a race; surpass. 17. to place at a distance. 18. to cause to appear distant. —Idioms 19. go the distance, a. (in horse racing) to be able to run well in a long race. b. Informal. to finish or complete something, esp. something difficult, challenging, or requiring sustained effort. 20. keep at a distance, to treat coldly or in an unfriendly manner. 21. keep one's distance, to avoid becoming familiar or involved; remain cool or aloof. Origin: 1250–1300; ME < L distantia, equiv. to distant- (see distant ) + -ia -y 3 ; r. ME destaunce < AF
This comes straight off the front page of MSN this morning. It has captured my attention. As a former costumer, and a playful vain in shape female - I just love cloths. I admit it. I play dress up all the time. A "Thrift store find" makes me do whistling cartwheels. I find excuses to go places I can show off a new outfit I have put together. I love the relaxed secure lifestyle of Hawaii, AND I miss the fashion of NYC!
The concept that men stop spending on their least visible item of clothing during an economic crunch makes total sense to me! As BraveHeart Women, according to the article below, we can really stimulate the economy by going directly to the Fruit of the Loom department! Then we get to drift into Victoria's Secret, Ferragamo, and Jordache! Let It Be Fun !
Read what Michael Bush, MSN MONEY (no relation TG!) has to say:
How Your Undies Track The Recession
To help predict a recovery, economists such as Alan Greenspan look to men's underwear sales. Here's what those and other unusual economic indicators say about the road ahead.
Guys, if you want to know where the economy is headed next, look in your underwear drawer. If you're like most men, you've got more than a few skivvies in, well, less than perfect condition. If you're put off buying replacements -- and your significant other hasn't done it for you -- then guess what? The recession probably ain't over yet.
In fact, right now men's underwear sales suggest that things have bottomed but not started to recover.
Sure, this sounds trivial. But no less an economist than former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan is a fan of men's underwear sales as an important economic indicator. It's one of several unusual indicators economists turn to in hard times. We went looking through them in a quest for the much-discussed "green shoots" of an imminent recovery. Underneath the underwear indicator Greenspan reasons that because hardly anyone actually sees a guy's undies, they're the first thing men stop buying when the economy tightens. (He told this to National Public Radio's Robert Krulwich years ago.)
By extension, pent-up demand means underwear sales should be among the early risers when growth returns and consumers feel confident enough to shrug off "frugal fatigue," says Marshal Cohen, the chief industry analyst with NPD Group, which tracks consumer behavior.
After a 12-month, 12% decline through the end of January, men's underpants sales leveled off during February and March, according to NPD. That suggests the economic was stabilizing,
Cohen says.For a recovery, we'd need to see a return to 2% to 3% annual growth in underwear sales. And that's not in the cards, believes Bill Patterson, an analyst at consumer research company Mintel. Based on market research and surveys, Mintel predicts a 2.3% decline this year in men's underwear sales and no recovery until 2013.
That's four more years of saggy elastic and threadbare cotton.
Bra sales headed up? Folks such as Greenspan don't seem to look as closely at women's lingerie -- reasoning, perhaps, that women are more sensitive about wearing worn undergarments. But Cohen says a pickup in sales of bras, as well as denim and footwear, will indicate the economy is on the mend.
These are the sorts of items consumers wear longer in a recession, then replace when they feel confident enough to shop again. Bra sales were up 4% during the first quarter, a key reversal given that women turned more frugal this recession than men did. Usually men pull back on spending more.
But denim and footwear sales remain sluggish, which suggests only stabilization, not recovery.
Watch those hemlines and midriffs While economists now track sales, hemlines served as an oddball indicator for much of the previous century. In tough times, the experts muse, hemlines drop as an expression of conservatism, only to rise again as the markets hit go-go mode. During the late-1990s boom, the hemline indicator was supplanted by a midriff meter, as more women bared their stomachs as the popularity of tech stocks (and Britney Spears) peaked. When the financial mess hit two years ago, blouses began replacing halter tops, and midriffs started to vanish, observes Jeffrey Hirsch of the Stock Trader's Almanac, which looks for seasonal and other patterns that traders can play.
If you believe this indicator, Hirsch says to watch for bellybuttons, plunging necklines and higher hemlines to confirm that we are in recovery mode.
As I write this, looking around the streets of New York City on a warm spring day, it doesn't seem we are there yet.
What's that phrase on the Hawaii state quarter mean?
" UA MAU KE EA O KA AINA I KA PONO. "
The phrase means, “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” It was first uttered by King Kamehameha III in a speech celebrating the return of sovereignty to the Hawaiian monarchy after the monarchy was briefly seized by the British in 1843.
The phrase became part of the Hawaiian monarchy’s official seal, then part of the seal of both the Republic and the Territory of Hawaii.
It is now the official state motto:
“Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono.”
May the life of our entire nation be perpetuated in righteousness!
BraveHeart Woman, Claudia Carawan has released her latest CD:
In my own humble (and correct!) opinion,
it will make your feet DANCE and your heart SOAR!
Find out more about Claudia Carawan and her music at claudiacarawan.com
Linda Carol Berry
Because I am a word chiseler, certain words have become symbols of joy in my life.
Today we are examining words beginning with F
The word I have chosen is FAITH
faith Spelled Pronunciation [feyth]
–noun 1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another's ability. 2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact. 3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims. 4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty. 5. a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith. 6. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.: Failure to appear would be breaking faith. 7. the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one's promise, oath, allegiance, etc.: He was the only one who proved his faith during our recent troubles. 8. Christian Theology. the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved. —Idiom 9. in faith, in truth; indeed: In faith, he is a fine lad.
Origin: 1200–50; ME feith < AF fed, OF feid, feit < L fidem, acc. of fidēs trust, akin to fīdere to trust
The word "faith" has been circulating for going on 800 years.
To me, the definition: "belief that is not based on proof:" most closely reflects what this word FEELS like in my life. My faith serves to substantiate the knowing I have within. It is my intuitive gift, my divine certainty... my connection to universal energy and guidance. It is reassurance and a feeling of being on track, in universal love.
I invite you to introduce an "F" word to this Word Chiseler discussion!
Linda Carol Berry
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